Qualcomm's BREW Developers Conference is in full swing today in San Diego. Here's a glimpse at what's making news at the show, including new product unveilings.
Sprint Nextel continues to push the mobile video envelope. The latest: the carrier has taken the wraps off of a new mobile sports and entertainment network. Sprint Power View will feature made-for-mobile video programming that will be centered on sports and entertainment content.
Lucent Technologies may be in the midst of an international tie-up with Alcatel, but that isn't stopping the company from making plays designed to strengthen its position in the mobile space. To that end, Lucent revealed a deal to acquire Mobilitec for an undisclosed sum.
Nokia is rolling out the Nokia E62 wireless e-mail device in an effort to make wireless e-mail more of a mass market application. The device will be available exclusively in the U.S. from Cingular Wireless.
I was in Denver last week when a gunman walked into a classroom and opened fire, forcing the mass evacuation at a school complex in Bailey, Colo. Although the Columbine massacre was nearly seven years ago, the fragile sense of safety in schools was once again rocked to the core. In this recent tragedy, the gunman took six hostages, but released four of them during the 4-hour siege.
Testing handsets to ensure they are compatible with a wireless network is becoming a critical part of carriers' strategies, say analysts and carriers, but carriers argue that they're no substitute for actual human technicians in the field. "Quick deployment of handsets is becoming a bigger and bigger issue for carriers," says Jane Zweig, chief executive officer at the Shosteck Group.
Entertainment and the enterprise are often treated as separate entities in the world of wireless content and applications. Like oil and water, the two don't mix. That's dramatically evident at the annual CTIA Wireless I.T. & Entertainment show, where there are separate programs for each industry.
Alternative nationwide public safety spectrum plans are flying around Washington, signaling possible big changes for 700 MHz spectrum. Last April, Cyren Call proposed that 30 MHz of spectrum in the upper 700 MHz band be set aside for use by public safety and first responders. Wireless carriers would build the network in a public/private partnership.
Cyren Call, founded by Nextel founder Morgan O'Brien, has asked the FCC to change its plans for the 30 MHz of spectrum in the 700-MHz band that is currently slated for auction sometime in the future. Cyren Call wants this spectrum to be turned over to the first responder community, or at least to a trustee.
Making good on a deal announced in September, Dell and Cingular Wireless took the wraps off the Dell Latitude line, which incorporates Cingular's BroadbandConnect UMTS/HSDPA service right into the laptop.
Padcom received a favorable ruling in its patent infringement case against NetMotion Wireless. NetMotion says it intends to have a replacement product available within 30 days.
Motorola's RAZR ultra-thin handset doubled its market share in Europe during the first quarter of 2006, which supports an overall uptake in multimedia and 3G devices, according to the latest figures coming out of Telephia.
Networks In Motion has landed $10 million in Series C funding. The location-based services (LBS) provider plans to use the funds to further research and extend its sales and marketing efforts.
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